Here’s an alternative to the usual Ēostre baskets; an Ēostre egg for each child to crack open! They can also be used as a bowl to hold decorated eggs and other goodies throughout the festivities of the day.
balloons (One for every Ēostre Egg you’ll be making.)
paper towels (optional)
*flour & water paste
Blow up a balloon and hang from the ceiling by a string (with the tack), at a height you can reach easily. Place a drip pan underneath. (Alternatively, you could hang this project over the kitchen or laundry room sink.) Going with the grain, tear newspaper into 1 inch wide strips. Prepare flour and water paste in a bowl. Dip one paper strip into the paste, then run it between two fingers to remove excess paste. Wrap the strip around the balloon. (Leave only a small opening at top of balloon.) Repeat, layering edges, until the entire project is covered. Keep the strips as free of wrinkles and bulges as possible. Add another layer and let dry. The balloon with shrink away from the paper as it dries. When dry, take out balloon and seal over opening with more papier-mâché strips. Cut egg in half horizontally. Fill with Ēostre goodies. Reseal with strips of papier-mâché. (For the final layer, you may want to use squares of paper towel dipped in the paste, to create a good painting surface.) Let dry thoroughly and paint.
*Flour & Water Paste
½ cup flour 3 cups boiling water ¾ cup cold water
Slowly pour cold water into flour and stir to make a paste. Pour paste into the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 minutes or until the paste is thick and smooth. This paste is nontoxic and will last for months if you keep it in the refrigerator.